Executing Cost-Effective Distributed Energy Projects on Federal Sites

Live onsite
4.25 hours

This Energy Exchange pre-workshop will introduce the implementation process for distributed energy project.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand the drivers for distributed energy projects on federal sites
  • Understand the process, considerations, and best practices for implementing distributed energy projects
  • Be familiar with the resources available for implementing distributed energy projects.


  • Tracy (Logan) Niro, Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program. Read Bio.

    Tracy (Logan) Niro is the Utility Partnerships Program manager and Federal Utility Partnership Working Group chair at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program. Tracy also advises the Distributed Energy and Energy Procurement program and oversees utility acquisitions at DOE. Tracy was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow and was awarded the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy to Australia in 2013. Tracy’s career in energy began as a staff accountant for an investor-owned utility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. Close Bio

  • Rachel Shepherd, Renewable Energy Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program. Read Bio.

    Rachel Shepherd, LEED AP, works within the Technical Services team as the renewable energy program lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Prior to FEMP, Shepherd was a project engineer conducting energy audits and retro-commissioning studies for existing commercial and industrial facilities. She worked with building owners to identify and prioritize deployment of energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. Close Bio

  • Emma Elgqvist, Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Read Bio.

    Emma Elgqvist is an engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As part of the REopt team, Emma’s work includes providing technical assistance and deployment guidance on renewable energy technologies to meet aggressive energy goals, conducting renewable energy screenings, and evaluating renewable energy and storage deployment potential. Emma also leads NREL's efforts with Federal Energy Management Program's technical assistance program and request portal, which provides agencies with support in the most critical areas of renewable project development. Emma holds a BS in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in engineering management from the Colorado School of Mines. Close Bio

  • Andy Walker, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Read Bio.

    Andy Walker, Ph.D., is principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He conducts engineering and economic analysis of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for the Federal Energy Management Program and other non-governmental clients and specializes in assisting various organizations to plan renewable energy projects at multiple sites. Walker also teaches energy classes. He is the author of more than 28 book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers and has been recognized with 11 awards from professional associations and government agencies. He holds Bachelor’s of Science, Master’s of Science, and Doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado. Close Bio

  • Kevin DeGroat. Read Bio.

    Kevin DeGroat has worked in the field of energy and environmental policy since 1985 specializing in clean energy technology and utility markets, energy policy, standards and certification procedures. For the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) he provides analysis and advice on renewable energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and reporting for FEMP and its agency customers. For the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kevin assembles and checks all energy and GHG reporting, analyzes trends, and organizes the data for additional analysis. He is currently leading a team developing a simple software program for auditors to enter data on building energy systems during walk throughs to help populate DHS’ databases on building condition and energy systems. Kevin has also worked with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to support the IEA International Smart Grid Action Network’s Smart Grid International Research Facilities Network. Clients have included the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; SNL, DHS, U.S. Department of Defense, FEMP, the Office of Solar Energy Technologies; Geothermal Technologies Program, and the Office of Building Technologies' Solar Heating and Cooling subprogram. Close Bio

  • Mike Warwick, Senior Scientist and Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Read Bio.

    Mike Warwick has been with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a senior scientist and engineer for more than 27 years. He has managed a wide variety of utility programs, including evaluating the performance of energy efficiency programs, auditing utility integrated resource plans, participating in transmission and power plant siting studies, conceptualizing the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Wise program, assessing renewable resource potential among U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and civilian facilities, and evaluating civilian and military installation energy security and reliability. Mike is known for his insights into interactions between competitive markets and utility operations, including interactions among loads, resources, energy infrastructure, and utility operating and regulatory requirements. He was the principal investigator on the 2005 DOD assessment of renewable resources and associated report to Congress and is facilitating implementation of its recommendations. Mike was a member of the Defense Science Board panel studying the role of energy in the military’s missions that culminated in the report, “More Fight, Less Fuel.” Prior to joining PNNL, he worked in the utility industry for more than 10 years as a manager for resource planning and load forecasting and for more than 4 years as a consultant in the areas of utility operations and management auditing. He has 40 years of experience in the energy industry. Close Bio

  • Gerald Robinson, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read Bio.

    Gerald Robinson is a program manager at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Building Technologies and Urban Systems, and largely works on deployment efforts related to renewable energy technologies. Gerald is also part of a team of researchers investigating the potential benefits with greater use of DC power systems in buildings. Gerald supports two Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) programs that provide procurement and technical assistance to Federal agencies: renewable energy procurement and renewable energy. As part of his role in supporting FEMP, Gerald works on teams developing renewable energy programs for Federal agencies in an effort to increase taxpayer benefits resulting from procurements. Gerald has been working in commercial and institutional energy management since 1992. Gerald is an energy manager with more than 25 years experience initiating and completing a broad range of energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy system initiatives. Gerald has an extensive track record of innovative yet practical problem solving in both the private and public sectors. Extensive knowledge of all phases of project development and implementation including technical sales, research, project finance, audits, building commissioning, analysis, specifications writing, construction management, and commissioning. Close Bio


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